More than 1,000 exposed to measles in Utah

Approximately 1,000 Utahans may have been exposed to the measles during two community events last week.

The Utah Department of Health and the Salt Lake Valley Health Department are urging all attendees to make contact, reports.

One event was the Entrepreneurial Challenge Final Award event at Rice Eccles Stadium on April 13, with around 300 people in attendance. The other was a lecture featuring New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof at the Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus on April 11, which drew around 700 people.

One person attending both events was infectious with measles, reports.

"Anyone that is not appropriately vaccinated doesn't have immunity, could potentially develop measles so we want to make sure that anyone that attended the event has information and we want to make sure that they have been appropriately vaccinated,” Becky Ward of the Utah Department of Health said, according to

Ward said that it is unlikely that the infected individual knew they were contagious with the measles. The first week to two weeks of symptoms mimics a cold before the rash appears.

College healthcare officials at the SLCC are asking students to ask themselves certain questions about the measles and their immunizations and medical records. The school is making tests and the MMR vaccine available for those on campus who are concerned.